Arizona Judge Won’t Back Christian Designers’ Artistic Expression

Wedding invitation designers Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski of Brush & Nib Studio in Phoenix, Ariz., did not want to be forced by their city’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) ordinance to create wedding designs for same-sex couples because doing so went against their religious beliefs, so they challenged it in court.

But Judge Karen Mullins ruled that the ordinance doesn’t violate their free speech and religious liberty rights. Instead, she noted that, “The printing of same-sex persons names on wedding invitations does not hinder in any way plaintiffs’ independent exercise of [their] religious belief by attending the church of their choice, engaging in religious activities or functions, and expressing their beliefs on their business website and literature or in their personal lives.”

Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the designers, will likely appeal this case.

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